Obama: ‘Fundamental Meanness At The Core’ Of GOP Health Care Bills

Following the release of the proposal, protesters gathered outside Capitol Hill in Washington, while several Republican senators also seemed to echo Mr Obama’s bipartisan pleas.The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would kick 23 million people off their healthcare plans.Pass this bill the way it is, and that is exactly what will happen. In some ways it’s even worse. Fixing our nation’s health care system shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance, ‘ Roy says”. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “The president said the Senate bill needed heart”.But it was unclear if, or how, the Senate would follow the House’s path and forbid the use of health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on his Twitter page Thursday.That criticism comes as senators gear up to debate the bill in the coming days.Yesterday the Republican leadership in the Senate released a draft bill to replace it, with a vote set for next week.But they had cited examples that gave the program more time than the three-year phaseout outlined Thursday by the Senate.Herein lies McConnell’s dilemma, according to the report: he could pull the bill from the floor if he doesn’t have the numbers – leaving House Republicans “exposed” – or “decide that the matter cannot be closed without a vote and take his chances that recalcitrant members can be pulled along”.Georgia Senator David Perdue said this week that “Obamacare is failing and that people are losing access to insurance through the exchanges”.”It’s been demeaning for the people who hired him to do his job”, said Lizzie Anderson, one of the demonstrators who say they are sending a message to Toomey, camping outside his office on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh overnight.”It’s time to act”, McConnell said. “Because Obamacare isn’t working, by almost any measure it has failed, and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something”. We can not responsibly allow that to happen.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week.Obama wrote that he realized the flaws in the Affordable Care Act, his administration’s signature legislation, and Republicans’ interest in repealing it, but denounced any support for the health care bill laid out by Senate Republicans.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities forecasts the tax cuts for the 400 highest-income households entailed in the legislation would exceed the cost of maintaining Medicaid expansion in most states.The bill would require New York State to pick up the county share of Medicaid costs. Unless the state steps in with substantially more funding – possibly $30 billion or more by 2027, compared to $24 billion under the House bill – many would lose coverage.